Geology is the science of the earth. It concerns itself with the materials that constitute the earth, their disposition and structure; the processes of work both on and within the earth; and both the physical and biological history of the earth.
The following graduate courses are offered and may be used to supplement existing graduate programs or may be part of a cross-disciplinary studies program.
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College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Department of Chemistry and Geology
242 Trafton Science Center N
Credits: 1-3This course is devoted to the study and practice of geological field investigations. Students will first learn basic field investigative methods. Students will then be appropriately versed in the geological history and importance of a region selected for in-depth study. Finally, students will participate in a field trip to a regional site of geological importance over an extended weekend (4-6 days). Potential study sites may include Minnesota's North Shore and Iron Range, the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, the Ozarks, or the Rocky Mountains.
Credits: 3Study of the origin, composition, texture, morphology, and stratigraphy of glacial deposits. Topics include the geologic record of glaciation, techniques used to reconstruct histories of glaciation, glacial depositional systems, provenance of glacial sediments, influence of glaciation on soil texture, and interpretation of glacial geologic maps. Emphasis will be placed on description and interpretation of glacial features in southern Minnesota. Field trips required.
Credits: 3Comprehensive survey of ore deposit and petroleum geology, including exploration and production technologies. Course emphasizes projects using industry data.
Credits: 4The application of geoscience data and principles to problems created by human occupancy and use of the biogeochemical-physical environment. Areas of study include pedogenesis, hydrology, hydraulics and surface water quality, watershed analysis, regulatory practices, site evaluation and remediation.
Credits: 3This course introduces physical and chemical studies of hydrogeology. The main area of discussion will include the physical and chemical attributes of aquifiers, movement of groundwater and solute through soils and rocks, and reactions between earth materials and pollutants in groundwater systems. The class includes extensive use of MODFLOW and MT3D, the two most commonly used groundwater modeling programs currently available.
Credits: 1-6A course designed to upgrade the qualifications of a person on the job. Content is variable. The course can be repeated for credit.